Six matches of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Major League Tournament began around the island today (12).
CCC vs Bloomfield
Sri Lanka all-rounder Sachith Pathirana’s whirlwind knock of 168 off just 118 balls put CCC in a commanding position in their match against Bloomfield. His knock included 18 fours and 8 towering sixes while the more sedate Madawa Warnapura remained unbeaten on 83*.
Ramesh Mendis and Malith De Silva picked up two wickets apiece for Bloomfield.
Colombo Cricket Club 380/6 (75) Sachith Pathirana 168, Madawa Warnapura 83*, Lasith Abeyratne 25, Kaveen Bandara 24, Ron Chandraguptha 20, Ramesh Mendis 2/84, Malith de Silva 2/87
Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club
Ragama CC vs Moors
The Peterite duo of Lahiru Milantha and Janith Liyanage put Ragama CC in a strong position with the former hitting a scintillating century. Liyanage remained unbeaten on 90* at close while Ishan Jayaratne hit 63 runs off just 36 balls before bad light brought a premature end to the day’s play.
Ragama Cricket Club 358/7 (73.3) Lahiru Milantha 112, Janith Liyanage 90*, Ishan Jayaratne 63, Roshen Silva 37, Tharindu Ratnayake 2/83
Moors Sports Club
NCC vs SLPACC
NCC were restricted to 220 but made a brilliant fightback as they restricted Ports Authority to 85/7 when stumps were drawn.
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Mahela Udawatte hit a solid half century in the NCC innings while right arm off spinner Maduka Liyanapathiranage captured a five wicket haul for Ports.
Nondescripts Cricket Club 220 (55.1) Mahela Udawatte 54, Lahiru Kumara 47, Angelo Perera 42, Malinga Amarasinghe 29, Lasith Ambuldeniya 24*, Maduka Liyanapathiranage 5/52, Chanaka Komasaru 3/78
Sri Lanka Ports Authority CC 85/7 (31)
Tamil Union vs Chilaw Marians
Dhananjaya De Silva and Yohan Mendis hit half centuries as Tamil Union made 296/9 in their match against Chilaw Marians.
Malinda Pushpakumara, the top wicket taker of the tournament, interestingly bowled 13 wicketless overs as the Tamil Union batsmen dominated most parts of the day.
Asitha Fernando and Sachithra Serasinghe captured three wickets apiece for Chilaw Marians.
Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club 296/9 (79) Dhananjaya de Silva 72, Yohan Mendis 61, Rangana Herath 45, Jeevan Mendis 42, Ramith Rambukwella 22, Asitha Fernando 3/45, Sachithra Serasinghe 3/68, Shehan Jayasuriya 2/76
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club
Colts vs Saracens
Priyamal Perera was unfortunate to miss out on a well-deserved century as he was dismissed for 92 in Colts’ 246 all-out against Saracens SC.
Sadeera Samarawickrama, making his first appearance in the domestic tournament this season, fell for 31 as the Saracens spinners picked up all 10 wickets to fall.
Right arm off spinner Roshan Jayatissa was the stand out bowler capturing 5/51.
Colts Cricket Club 246 (79.3) Priyamal Perera 92, Avishka Fernando 72, Sadeera Samarawickrama 31, Roshan Jayatissa 5/51, Chathura Randunu 3/78, Sachithra Perera 2/48
Saracens Sports Club 1/0 (2)
Army SC vs Badureliya
Badureliya SC ended day one in a strong position as they bowled out Army SC for just 152 runs thanks to Nadras Prasad’s five wicket haul.
Left arm quick Dilesh Gunaratne also bowled an impressive spell capturing four wickets for Badureliya before they ended the day on 35/0.
Army Cricket Club 152 (51) Ashan Randika 30, Janith Silva 27*, Dilshan de Soysa 24, Nadras Prasad 5/41, Dilesh Gunaratne 4/36
Badureliya Cricket Club 35/0 (13) Pathum Nissanka 19*